Virtually Less ExpensiveBy Jessica Davis | Print
From mega acquisitions to giant vertical vendor stacks to technology trends such as virtualization and cloud computing, the data center stage was set for drama in 2009. Here's a look back at some of the key plot points from this past year.
Virtually Less Expensive
As IT organizations looked to hold off on hardware purchases during a recessionary year, more took advantage of the server-consolidation benefits of virtualization. VMware retained its stronghold in the server virtualization market as Microsoft looked to make inroads with its Hyper-V hypervisor released a little over a year ago.
Meanwhile, companies began to also look at desktop virtualization as a technology that could potentially both centralize IT management of clients and reduce the expense of a client hardware refresh. And solution providers are looking to VMware’s new View 4 PC-over-IP technology as a route to providing PC-as-a-service offerings to end customers. Stay tuned.